Project 1: Statement of Digital Identity

Worth 10% of your course grade

Calendar IconImportant Dates

  • September 2: Project due by 11:59 PM
  • September 4: In-class presentation of images
  • September 9: End of grace period. Work must be submitted by 11:59 PM


Icon showing people connectedbuild community by introducing yourself to the class and connecting with one another Tablet icon showing text and image on the screenexplore how linguistic text (words), images, and layout combine to communicate with an audience Recycling iconcreate something you can use as you build (or revise) your academic portfolio


The Project Assignment

Laptop icon showing a woman's business profile, signifying the Online Identity ProjectYou will think about how you want to present yourself online and create a Statement of Your Online Identity, combining a digital image with a brief explanatory text. You will share your image in an in-class presentation. Your work on this project will require that you do all of the following:

  • create a digital image (write web content).
  • customize that image to represent who you are.
  • write a related statement that explains your image.

Step-by-Step Details

#1 in a maroon circleStep 1: Explore your identity (or identities).
The videos you watched for this project explore different facets of building an online identity. Do some brainstorming, listing, or freewriting to think about how you want to present yourself online.

Most of us have multiple identities depending upon our rhetorical situation (our audience, purpose, context, author, and genre, see pp. 22–27 of Writer/Designer). Choose the parts of your identity that relate to you as a student, a Hokie, and/or a professional writer (widely defined).

Remember that your image and explanatory statement will be public, both on the Internet and in the classroom. Choose aspects of your identity that you are comfortable with everyone in the classroom (and potentially, everyone in the world) knowing about and that will reflect positively on you as part of your academic portfolio. You will incorporate what you create for this project in your portfolio, most likely as part of your About page.

#2 in an orange circleStep 2: Set your goals for the project.
You have the opportunity to aim for the grade you want to earn for the projects in this class. The options below outline what you need to do for the grade you want to receive. No one aims for a D or an F, so I have not included any details for below-average work. If you really want a D, just put in minimal effort and do sloppy work.

The letter A, in white with black outlineComplete the B-level project and then use unique strategies and details that are clever, original, creative, and/or imaginative. Your project should integrate the image and explanatory statement in ways that increase the effectiveness of the project. It should have no errors in image editing, grammar, spelling, punctuation, mechanics, linking, and formatting. The letter B, in white with black outlineComplete the C-level project and then use design elements (like headings, layout, etc.) to make your project visually appealing and easy to read. Your project should have no more than two or three minor errors in image editing, grammar, spelling, punctuation, mechanics, linking, and/or formatting.

The letter C, in white with black outlineWrite a statement of your identity, appropriate for an academic and/or professional audience, using at least one high-quality image along with explanatory text of at least 250 words in length. Include reflection comments when you submit your project. Your statement should be complete, well-written, and include no more than five image editing, spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors.

Bomb icon (indicating a warning)Warning! No grade is guaranteed.
Make sure your project is error-free, fully-developed, and ready to share with the intended audiences. Any work that is incomplete or that contains multiple errors will not earn an A or an A-.

For instance, say the writer aimed for a B and used design elements to make the project visually appealing, but the finished text was full of typos and the image was blurry. The project earns a C rather than a B.


#3 in a maroon circleStep 3: Create your image.
Create an image that expresses your identity. Note that you do not have to include an image of yourself, just one that communicates who you are.

Use whatever image editing tools you are comfortable with, but be sure that the tool that lets you do the following:

  • choose the size of your image.
  • change the image (e.g., combining two different images).
  • add text and other effects to the image.
  • save the image so you can upload it to other places.

Nearly every image editing tool will let you do those things, but you may need to check the documentation for details. I will use in class for demonstration purposes.

#4 in an orange circleStep 4: Compose your explanatory statement.
After you create your image, compose a explanatory statement using the linguistic mode (that means words on the screen, like a short essay) that meets these expectations:

  • incorporates your identity image.
  • explains how the image relates to your identity.
  • includes at least 250 words (but longer is fine).
  • uses layout and design choices to make the document easy to read.
  • is written and shared in a word processor that lets you save your work as a *.doc, *.docx, or *.pdf file.

#5 in a maroon circleStep 5: Submit your project.
When you are finished with the project, you will upload your project file in the Assignment tool on Canvas. Details on how to submit your work will be included in the post for the due date (September 2).

You will use the Comment section for reflection on your project. In this section you will tell me the following:

  • your intended audience and purpose.
  • the grade that you have aimed for.
  • how well you reached your goals.
  • any other information I need to know to understand the work you did on your project.

Be sure that you follow the instructions, include the relevant information, and proofread your memo. If you skip adding the Comment, you lower your grade on the project. Remember that there are no rewrites or revisions after work is graded.


Works Consulted
This assignment was inspired by the “Newbs R Us!: A New Year and New Multimodal Opportunities” blog post by Jeanne Law Bohannon and Kim Haimes-Korn.